Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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Okey doke so how on earth did ten days pass between my last post and this one? It's been a mad and hectic ten days I can tell you. I've been working my ass off to get my course finished. I had been told that Monday gone would be my sign off day but when I went in to see my tutor she told me that there was some work she had forgotten to give me so as long as I get it all done then next Monday will be my sign off day.

I was going to stay at the school until the end of term , which is the 22nd July but have now decided against it . The reason being that I need to get some stuff done before the boys birthdays i.e jamas and birthday toys to make and I also need to find a job and register with some agencies - scary stuff.

Another scary thing that happened recently was that my mam got took into hospital. It was all very sudden and because she has been in remission for a few years now and suffers from Coeliac disease we were all really worried about her . She is out now but we still don't know what was / is wrong with her. She still has more tests to go through but in herself she feels fine and the pain that she had although it hasn't gone it has subsided a lot which is a good thing.

I've been up the allotment a few times and have got a fair size patch dug over but rain and hospital visits stopped play . Fingers crossed I'll get back up there real soon. I need to get some things planted a few little things will be better than nothing . It's all a learning experience for me so I'm just starting off small ... any tips would be gratefully appreciated.

Now, the plant in all the photo's - a Giant Hogweed . Don't worry we didn't touch it and although there is a photo of Gabe looking like he is standing quite close to it he was actually a couple of feet away. It is an extremely beautiful plant even though it is quite dangerous and can cause quite nasty blisters and burns if you touch the sap . It's a pity that it flowers in its final year , quite sad really.

The first four photos were taken about two weeks ago when I first spotted it hidden on a bank beside some trees in the park and you can see that there is only one main flower in bloom and the rest are still in big buds. The rest of the photos were taken two days ago and in these you can see that the main flower is now a huge green seed head and the buds are now in full bloom.

The bees loved it and it was covered with them . Speaking of bees I got quite an interesting bee photograph yesterday which I might post about tomorrow and for my Facebook friends who might have already seen it ..... sshhhhhhh..

There was a meeting at school the other night for the parents of all the children who will be starting Reception class next term , this will include Gabe . I can't believe that in September he will be going to school full time , starting at 8.55am staying for lunch and finishing at 3.30pm for five days a week. He still seems like a baby and will be one of the youngest in his year. He is going to have one of the teachers that Milo used to have and one that I've worked with and she is lovely so I'm quite pleased about that.

Anyway I think I've blathered on enough now so I'll just leave you with a few more photos of the Hogweed and my apologies for not visiting your Blogs or replying to any comments left on my last post and I hope you understand why.


Mummy Boo Bear said...

Hope you mum feels better soon!

Time goes so fast! My youngest is nearly to the end of her reception year and like your little one she is one of the youngest. Nearly finished reception and not even five yet. I am proud of her and she has done so well this year.

Good luck with the job hunting!


Farmyard Crafts said...

Sorry to hear that your mum hasn't been well at all. That's really no good at all. Hope that they work out what's going on and she has a speedy recovery. Thinking of your family too... always hard to see someone you love unwell.

jane P. said...

Take care, thinking of you.

Simone said...

Gorgeous photos Lisa. You will be in your element up at the allotment with plenty of photo opportunities! I really hope that your poor Mum is feeling better. x

Leanne said...

We don't have this plant here. Great snaps I am looking forward to the bee photos as you have very cute bees unlike us. What sort of a job are you looking for? It is sad when the littlest chick grows up. Believe me within a blink of an eye they will be 21 so enjoy them now. I wish that just one day a year I could have my children back as little ones to enjoy all over again.

Julie said...

Hope all goes well with your mum, that they work out what it is/was and that its not too much to worry about. Good luck also with finishing off your studying and job hunting.
Islay goes to school after the summer too - I'm not ready for it at all and like Gabe she's right at the youngest end of her year group. Fingers crossed they'll both be fine - I'm sure they will! Juliex

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

You certainly have been busy! Glad your mom is feeling better. Sending good thoughts your way!

silverpebble said...

Wow that hogweed is amazing.

So sorry to hear about your Mum - I'm glad she's feeling better and I hope she continues to improve.

Beth said...

Funny you mentioned this plant as my German in-laws were asking if we get it in this country and I hadn't a clue what they were talking about (they described it as like cow parsley only larger and very nasty if you touch it). Hope your Mum is better soon, these things are always a great worry. Bethx

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- I've never even heard of a hogweed -- how very interesting. It must cause a reaction like poison ivy? Does it happen with everyone, or are some people immune? I always have to get hubby to get rid of our poison ivy -- it doesn't bother him one little bit, but I get blisters all over.

I hope your Mam is feeling better soon!

driftwood said...

hope you mum is feeling a lot better now xxx